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Using data compiled from the numerous purported iPad mini leaks, a graphic designer has created a a 3-D CAD drawing and corresponding concept renderings, offering some of the most detailed views of the much rumored tablet.

iPad mini Rendering
Source: Martin Hajek


Martin Hajek, who in June set the media all atwitter with his photorealistic renderings of the iPhone 5, has released a new batch of illustrations for Apple's so-called "iPad mini."

While not placed in a "real-life" setting, as his iPhone 5 renderings were, the iPad mini concepts are reminiscent of product shots seen on Apple's website, showing front, back and side views of the rumored device.

The classic black-bezeled design with bare aluminum back looks to be a dead ringer for previous purported leaks of the tablet's shell. If the renderings are close to Apple's final product, the iPad mini's thin side bezels lean less toward a shrunken-down version of its big brother than a sized-up iPod.

Rendering Front/Back


From the top, the rear-facing camera and mic are clearly seen, as well as the headphone jack, the flex cable of which was supposedly leaked earlier on Thursday.

Rendering top


On the bottom is a port for Apple's new Lightning connector, as well as the relocated speaker grills first seen in alleged engineering samples in July.

Rendering Bottom


Perhaps most interesting of Hajek's designs is the colored rendering, a take on the new iPod touch's metallic blue finish, giving a glimpse at what the tablet may look like if Apple decides to add colorways to the product line.

Blue iPad mini


As with all iPhones and iPads made to this date, none have shipped with color options other than black and white. Recently, the lack of color choices was slammed in a Nokia ad promoting the company's new Lumia 920 smartphone.

Finally, Hajek offers an iPhone 5-inspired version of the purported tablet, with what appears to be a black anodized aluminum shell.

Black Rendering


According to The Wall Street Journal, production of Apple's small form factor tablet has already begun, and the company is widely expected to announce the product sometime in October ahead of the lucrative holiday season.
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I'll be buying the shit out of this.
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I am assuming that the price will be, hopefully $100.00 to $125.00 less? Thats would be nice. Apple's retail sales will increase substantially.

I honestly don't see multi colors. Cost prohibited.
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If that's it, you still can't read it outdoors so-FAIL.

On the other hand Power Support will be very happy.
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Part of me wonders about the new Lightning connector because it's not strong enough to support an iPad like the 30-pin Dock Connector did (to a point, of course). It requires a redesign of docks that used the connector for some structural support, otherwise I fear that the Lightning connector will actually break inside the iPad.
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I am assuming that the price will be, hopefully $100.00 to $125.00 less? Thats would be nice. Apple's retail sales will increase substantially.
I honestly don't see multi colors. Cost prohibited.

 

I think it has to be in the area of $250 or less, or all anyone will talk about is how "Apple can't make anything cost competitive," because it basically looks very high end and if the price matches ....

 

I agree about the colours too.  This year's iPod colours are just hideous IMO.  

Salmon pink?  Pukey dull green?  They should have gone with the electric pink and the lime green from previous iPod nanos instead.  


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Part of me wonders about the new Lightning connector because it's not strong enough to support an iPad like the 30-pin Dock Connector did (to a point, of course). It requires a redesign of docks that used the connector for some structural support, otherwise I fear that the Lightning connector will actually break inside the iPad.

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Part of me wonders about the new Lightning connector because it's not strong enough to support an iPad like the 30-pin Dock Connector did (to a point, of course). It requires a redesign of docks that used the connector for some structural support, otherwise I fear that the Lightning connector will actually break inside the iPad.

 

Well since they deigned to even *make* a dock for iPhone 5, I wouldn't be surprised if they screw iPad mini users as well.  

 

On the other hand, Apple often does this slight of hand deal where they know they don't have the production capacity to do something right away, so they release a statement similar to the one about the iPhone 5 dock where they claim "no one wants one anyway."  Then six months later when they have the time and capacity they release one (the one they were always going to release anyway), they do, and then claim they are "responding to their customers needs," or some similar convenient BS.  It's a smart thing to do but the deceitfulness of it bugs me.  

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If that's it, you still can't read it outdoors so-FAIL.
On the other hand Power Support will be very happy.

If you mean "FAIL," as in it's something you personally won't buy, fine.

 

If you mean "FAIL," as in it's something that will tank in the market, I think you may be incorrect.

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Those renderings look great. One fault I see though, the apple does not seem centered vertically; it seems too low. On the actual iPad mini it'll be slightly higher than center, looks better aesthetically, one of those little details that I love about Apple's products. I hope they break tradition and release colors, give it a more playful feel than the 'daddy' iPad, but I doubt it. Lastly, there's no way this thing is selling for less than 399, not when their new iPod touch starts at 299 (at this time, Apple has virtually no incentive to make it cheaper anyway).

   

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I hope these turn out to be accurate because they look great. 

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While I doubt there will be colors I am really digging the black anodized shell.  It would be great if I could get a MacBook Pro in the color as well.

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Looking a that it makes perfect sense. My guess is that even the most vociferous pre-release dissers out there (here) will quiet down pretty damn quickly. On the subject of the iPad mini, that is.
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While I doubt there will be colors I am really digging the black anodized shell.  It would be great if I could get a MacBook Pro in the color as well.
My guess is that that these mini iPads will replace millions of touches. In other words, they will be targeted at a young audience and so colors is not a ridiculous assumption. A lot of kids will proclaim that their next iPod will be an iPad mini.
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If you mean "FAIL," as in it's something you personally won't buy, fine.

 

If you mean "FAIL," as in it's something that will tank in the market, I think you may be incorrect.

 

Agreed.  I don't know why people say e-Ink is so great anyway.  I thought it was a brilliant idea until I actually tried to use a kindle.  It practically made my eyes bleed.  

 

The page refresh is so slow you can see it happening as great stripes of text are replaced from the top of the screen down, (and you have to wait for it too).  It also is quite legible in direct sunlight, but almost unreadable under any other kind of lighting conditions.  You actually have to sit under a reading lamp with the thing just like a regular book or you can't see the page half the time.  I found the grey text on slightly lighter grey background gave me eye fatigue and ultimately, headaches after a while also.  

 

Mostly it reminded me of trying to read an old paperback in a dimly lit room.  So .. realistic? yes.  Easy on the eyes?  Not at all.  

 

Give your child a kindle for Xmas only if you want them to be wearing thick glasses by the time they are 20.   :-)

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My guess is that that these mini iPads will replace millions of touches. In other words, they will be targeted at a young audience and so colors is not a ridiculous assumption. A lot of kids will proclaim that their next iPod will be an iPad mini.

I can agree with many kids would prefer it over the Touch.  My thought however is the cost associated with producing several colors would drive the price up.

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These renderings seem to highlight a WiFi version. Anyone suspect if there will be 3G minimum and would LTE make it too expensive or too hot to hold?

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Add me in as a definite buyer as long as the price is not above $350 or so. It will make a great travel companion on the train each day, where an iPad is just too big.
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Industrial designer here.

Logo is too low. Apple would put it in the 1st 3rd of the display area.

Design 101. Rule of 3rds.
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These renderings seem to highlight a WiFi version. Anyone suspect if there will be 3G minimum and would LTE make it too expensive or too hot to hold?

Definitely not too hot... I can hold an iPhone 5 ;-)

 

Side note:  Just asked my wife if she'd buy one of these and showed it to her.  She said "Sure- I don't know what I'd use it for, but I like it".  lol

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I am assuming that the price will be, hopefully $100.00 to $125.00 less? Thats would be nice. Apple's retail sales will increase substantially.
I honestly don't see multi colors. Cost prohibited.
comsidering the current iPod touch will be roughly in the same price range, I think it's possible to see multi colors.
I like that the rendering show very few native apps. chrome replacing the safari too. Wonder if that's a conscious little jab referring to current events?
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Those renderings look great. One fault I see though, the apple does not seem centered vertically; it seems too low. On the actual iPad mini it'll be slightly higher than center, looks better aesthetically, one of those little details that I love about Apple's products. I hope they break tradition and release colors, give it a more playful feel than the 'daddy' iPad, but I doubt it. Lastly, there's no way this thing is selling for less than 399, not when their new iPod touch starts at 299 (at this time, Apple has virtually no incentive to make it cheaper anyway).

 

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My guess is that that these mini iPads will replace millions of touches. In other words, they will be targeted at a young audience and so colors is not a ridiculous assumption. A lot of kids will proclaim that their next iPod will be an iPad mini.

 

 

If Apple wanted to kill in the iPod lineup they would add colors to the iPad Mini, but considering they just redid the whole iPod lineup I'm assuming they want to keep it around longer.

 

Leave colors for the iPods, and keep iPads separate from iPods.

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Industrial designer here.
Logo is too low. Apple would put it in the 1st 3rd of the display area.
Design 101. Rule of 3rds.
The current iPad has the logo in the center of the rear panel. Guess Team Ive doesn't subscribe to the rule of thirds. They think different.
I'm actually more surprised you didn't mention the fact that proportionally speaking, the Apple logo is too big.
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These renderings seem to highlight a WiFi version. Anyone suspect if there will be 3G minimum and would LTE make it too expensive or too hot to hold?

I'm leaning toward the cellular version being to costly and problematic for various reasons. That said, I can't imagine Apple not making one in parallel just in case all the pieces fall into place.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD (8.9") will have a cellular option which is $140 more then the WiFi only model when comparing the 32GB models. However, you do get 3GB of data spread out over 12 months with the purchase, which is a pretty decent deal that I think will satisfy many of their customers.

I wouldn't be surprised if the 8.9" Kindle HD with cellular ships after the WiFi-only model which is already slated for late November. I also wouldn't be surprised if most of their customers for the Kindle would simply prefer the WiFi model. Surely Apple know how much personal hotspot is utilized and how many of the iPad types are bought so whatever they do it'll likely be the right one for them.

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post #25 of 91
Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.
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Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.

Problem? New size? New buyers? OMG fail.

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Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.
DOH! (Shakes head)
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Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.

What a horrible concept to have a consistent UI that users and developers can easily work with¡

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I'm leaning toward the cellular version being to costly and problematic for various reasons. That said, I can't imagine Apple not making one in parallel just in case all the pieces fall into place.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD (8.9") will have a cellular option which is $140 more then the WiFi only model when comparing the 32GB models. However, you do get 3GB of data spread out over 12 months with the purchase, which is a pretty decent deal that I think will satisfy many of their customers.
I wouldn't be surprised if the 8.9" Kindle HD with cellular ships after the WiFi-only model which is already slated for late November. I also wouldn't be surprised if most of their customers for the Kindle would simply prefer the WiFi model. Surely Apple know how much personal hotspot is utilized and how many of the iPad types are bought so whatever they do it'll likely be the right one for them.
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Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.

 

 

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I am assuming that the price will be, hopefully $100.00 to $125.00 less? Thats would be nice. Apple's retail sales will increase substantially.
I honestly don't see multi colors. Cost prohibited.

Cost prohibitive? No way. It would cost only $1 or so per unit to anodize the shell in different colors and use a different color face plate. If they stick to black and white (which I consider likely), it will be for aesthetic reasons, not cost.
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Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.

Imagine that. Same iOS device, but different size than the best selling single smartphone model ever and the best selling tablet ever.

Yeah, it would be foolish to make it fit into the iDevice family. They should really throw out all their previous success and make something as ugly as all your Android vendors could come up with.
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I guess I was just looking at the pretty pictures the first time, but on reading this article again there are several mistakes ...

 

 

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... the iPad mini concepts ...

 

 

 

not actually "concepts" at all. just renders.  

 

 

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... the rear-facing camera and mic are clearly seen ...

 

 

this is actually a statement you make about a photograph of a real thing, not a render.  

 

 

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... most interesting of Hajek's designs is the colored rendering ...

 

 

not actually a "design."  again, just a render.   

 

It helps everyone if you guys get your concepts and terminology straight.  You are writing articles about design, but apparently have no idea what design is, or the difference between a design and a concept or a concept and a render.  These are just renders.  It's not art, it's not design.  They aren't concepts, nor design concepts, nor ideas.  They are just automatically (computer) generated illustrations.  

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Nice enough looking, but... It's just the same iOS device in a different size.

The last time people said that, the iPad was announced. And where it is now...

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post #34 of 91
Will buy - to replace my first gen. In addition to 3rd gen. Love colour options, 3G and <399 pricing
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I can agree with many kids would prefer it over the Touch.  My thought however is the cost associated with producing several colors would drive the price up.
My initial thought was it would be a game tablet, but the App market proves that, that is already covered well. The demographics for an ereader are women and I don't think the Ipad does well in that department. So to push the ibook sales it would make sense to target an Ipad for the female demographic.
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If that's it, you still can't read it outdoors so-FAIL.
On the other hand Power Support will be very happy.

You probably never used an iPad so far. I use my iPad outdoors all the time particularly for hiking and motor biking, where I use different offline GPS navigation software. For just this usage my iPad has become absolutely invaluable to me. Ever since I got these Navi apps on my iOS devices, my Garmin's have become dust collectors

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Where I have to admit, that reading books in the glaring sun, is a bit off a limitation. But apart from a few people who desperately want to get skin cancer nobody I know does that.

 

The whole talk about the iPad can't be used outdoors is utter BS.

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not actually "concepts" at all. just renders.  

 

 

 

this is actually a statement you make about a photograph of a real thing, not a render.  

 

 

 

not actually a "design."  again, just a render.   

 

It helps everyone if you guys get your concepts and terminology straight.  You are writing articles about design, but apparently have no idea what design is, or the difference between a design and a concept or a concept and a render.  These are just renders.  It's not art, it's not design.  They aren't concepts, nor design concepts, nor ideas.  They are just automatically (computer) generated illustrations.  

 

Sorry to correct you, but before you can render any 3D Object on a computer, you have to design it first. You ought to try out this some time. Use Cinema 4D or Maya. There are trial versions of this absolutely stunning Software packages.

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I'm with TS, it'll never happen. Ridiculous concept, Apple would never be so daft.

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Hey TS, do you have a point down for the following on your list of troll claims:

 

"Holding out for that one thing Apple is unlikely to release but I do want it and I will buy it the moment it comes out. So I am not a troll, 'cos I will buy something Apple. But until that one thing releases, everything Apple does sucks so I will constantly berate all their offerings".

 

Case in point - iSheldon basically wants Apple to release a Kindle, which he will buy in an instant.

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That Apple logo on the back needs to move up *quite* a bit in order to give this any suggestion of being real at all!!!!

Apart from that: this could be to iPad what iPod nano was to iPod: huge.
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